This book provides an accessible undergraduate-level introduction to the central educational concepts of learning and culture. In examining these themes it addresses key issues including: what is meant by 'culture'; characteristics commonly associated with contemporary culture; relationships between culture and learning; changing understandings of how, what, where and when we learn; the relationship between learning, national identity and citizenship; and the impact of all these on our way of life today. These ideas are approached from historical, philosophical, sociological, political and psychological perspectives: the traditional disciplines of Education Studies.
Will Curtis is Education Subject Leader and Senior Lecturer in Education Studies at De Montfort University. Alice Pettigrew is a researcher at the Institute of Education, University of London
Introduction Culture and learning Lessons in culture, community and change: an historical account Learning in uncertain times: perspectives from philosophy Learning to live in uncertainty: perspectives from psychology Politics, power and priorities: perspectives on education policy In classrooms and corridors: a sociological approach Outside the school gate: alternative cultures of learning Learning and identity in a multicultural community Conclusion